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Ballon d'Or snubs for five stars who deserved far better (1)

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This week's unveiling of the 23-man shortlist for the 2014 FIFA Ballon d'Or award has left fans of Luis Suarez, yes they do exist and in large numbers, absolutely livid.

Suarez scored 31 goals in just 33 Premier League games for Liverpool last season to earn a blockbuster move to Barcelona, but has still been snubbed in favour of stars in Eden Hazard and Yaya Toure that he beat to win the 2013/14 PFA Player of the Year prize.

There's no question that the infamous chunk Suarez took out of Giorgio Chiellini with his teeth at the World Cup has had some kind of impact on FIFA's decision making process, but I wonder what there excuse is for leaving out five more of world football's most consistent players.

Three teams dominate proceedings

No fewer than 16 of the 23 players picked out for special praise by FIFA come from just three leading European teams, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

It's tough for FIFA to argue that their shortlist is a true representation of the calender year's top performers when you look at that statistic, even more so in a World Cup year.

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It's a delicate balancing act for FIFA in terms of defining the criteria for the nomination process, which they've made no attempt to make public by the way, are the 23 selected picked primarily down to club form or efforts the World Cup.

There are clear inconstancies with the current process. Mario Gotze for example was solid but far from at full tilt during his first season with Bayern Munich, but of course scored the winner at the World Cup final so gets included.

Hazard on the other hand was close to anonymous at the South American showpiece, but at times looked unstoppable for Chelsea last season and is finding the kind of regular form to match his talent at Stamford Bridge.

At the risk of picking on the brilliant Belgian there's definitely stars out there more deserving of individual recognition, and GiveMeSport had decided to profile a five who deserved to be part of this star-studded party.

Do you agree that these five fantastic players had to be included, or do you they have to improve even further to make the cut in 2015? Have your say in the comment box below! 

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